Comedian John Oliver tackled the Iran nuclear deal – which President Donald Trump has threatened to abolish by May 12 if it was not "fixed" – in the latest episode of his satirical news show "Last Week Tonight."
During the show, Oliver sank his teeth into one of Trump's biggest qualms with the deal. According to the president, "The bigger problem is that they can keep the terms and still get the bomb by simply running out the clock," which Oliver assures is simply not true.
"What Iran could do, in theory," said Oliver, "is wait for parts of the deal to expire in 10 years, then it could ramp up its nuclear program, getting it close to a bomb. But here's the thing – if the deal blows up, Iran could start doing that right now, in zero years! And zero is less than 10, trust us, we ran the numbers on this ourselves."
Oliver also mocked Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo and his claim regarding Iran's adherence to the nuclear deal that, "We know they're cheating – we're just not seeing it." Oliver retorted that this was "one hell of a statement" coming from someone who performs acts of bestiality on gorillas (Oliver asserts that no one has seen Pompeo do it, "but that's how we know he does it!")
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The comedian also touched on Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's militant rhetoric against Israel, showing a clip of the ayatollah promising that nothing of the "Zionist regime" will remain in the region 25 years from now.
"The country's name is Israel, not the Zionist regime. If you're gonna make appalling threats against a nation, at least get their name right. I'm sure you would not like it if I called Iran 'Old Pappy Khamenei's Palace O' Persians,' would you?"
Naming the deal's detractors, Oliver mentioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but spared him comic jabs. The brunt of the joke landed on National Security Adviser John Bolton, who Trump reportedly hesitated hiring in the past because of his "Walrus-style mustache."
On Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned North Korea of entering denuclearization talks with the Americans.
“The United States has not only failed to implement its side [of the deal], but is even asking for more,” said Zarif, who is in New York to attend a UN General Assembly meeting.